Totally biased product review by me — Tadka Sizzling Indian Spices

Chicken Vindaloo (left) and Baingan Bharta

Time for yet another festive curry review. I’m not sure we’ll ever run out of places to try in Toronto — thankfully, there are lots. Today we sample Tadka Sizzling Indian Spices (666 The Queensway = The Queensway/Royal York Road).

Needed the heat big time, so went for the Chicken Vindaloo, accompanied by the veggie Baingan Bharta, with sides of Raita and Mixed Hot Pickles.

Finally found a curry spicy enough (without requesting the heat levels be raised) to blow our socks off! The Chicken Vindaloo was that lovely, Brit-style fiery dark red colour. It was a nice rich, thick sauce and the chunks of chicken were huge.

The spice kicked in on the first bite and we definitely needed some tissues handy for the nose-blowing and brow-mopping routine. It was extremely flavourful and we’ll definitely go back for this dish alone.

The Baingan Bharta was also good: a tandoor-grilled eggplant mashed and cooked with garlic, ginger and onions. This is a perfect dish if you like plenty of crunchy ginger pieces. Lots of peas in it too which was a bonus.

Only small letdown to the meal was that the Raita was a bit thin and runny with not a great amount of cucumber in it. We like a creamier version. And the Mixed Hot Pickles did exactly what it says on the tin … regular and tasty.

This place is on our list for a revisit and therefore Tadka Sizzling Indian Spices earns a Brits in Toronto 4/5 stars.

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